|Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers - TED.com|
They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; humor; math; TED2013; 2013
|John Hodgman: Design, explained. - TED.com|
John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, "explains" the design of three iconic modern objects. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; humor; TED2012; 2012
|John Hockenberry: We are all designers - TED.com|
Journalist John Hockenberry tells a personal story inspired by a pair of flashy wheels in a wheelchair-parts catalogue -- and how they showed him the value of designing a life of intent. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; humor; journalism; TED2012; 2012
|Lennart Green does close-up card magic - TED.com|
Like your uncle at a family party, the rumpled Swedish doctor Lennart Green says, "Pick a card, any card." But what he does with those cards is pure magic -- flabbergasting, lightning-fast, how-does-he-do-it? magic.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; illusion; magic; TED2005; 2005
|The Raspyni Brothers juggle and jest - TED.com|
Illustrious jugglers the Raspyni Brothers show off their uncanny balance, agility, coordination and willingness to sacrifice (others). Now, if you'll just stand completely still...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; collaboration; entertainment; humor; physics; 2002
|Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance - TED.com|
What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know -- or “high-quality ignorance” -- just as much as what we know.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; humor; neuroscience; science; TED2013; 2013
|David Carson on design + discovery - TED.com|
Great design is a never-ending journey of discovery -- for which it helps to pack a healthy sense of humor. Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; design; exploration; humor; photography; 2003
|Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time - TED.com|
Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk -- and don't miss the hilarious final poem!
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; humor; poetry; TED2012; 2012
|Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much - TED.com|
Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; activism; disability; humor; motivation; TEDxSydney; 2014
|Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon - TED.com|
The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the "idea drawings" featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; design; humor; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|Sarah Jones: What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers - TED.com|
Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud improvisation, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED2014 audience.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; future; humor; performance; theater; TED2014; 2014
|Jenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage - TED.com|
In this funny, casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) really work. One tip: Do not try to win an Oscar for best actre
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxAmericanRiviera; TED; Talks; culture; humor; love; relationships; sex; 2011
|Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. - TED.com|
Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; humor; literature; TED2012; 2012
|Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod - TED.com|
Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; business; entertainment; humor; music; 2012
|Chris Bliss: Comedy is translation - TED.com|
Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Onstage at TEDxRainier, writer Chris Bliss thinks hard about the way that great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxRainier; TED; Talks; communication; entertainment; humor; language; literature; 2011
|Maz Jobrani: A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari bar … - TED.com|
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; comedy; culture; entertainment; humor; performance; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village - TED.com|
In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; New York; culture; humanity; humor; performance; storytelling; theater; TED2009; 2009
|Chris Abani muses on humanity - TED.com|
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; literature; poetry; politics; writing; 2008
|Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" and "If I Had You" - TED.com|
The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; music; piano; short talk; women; 2008
|Ursus Wehrli tidies up art - TED.com|
Ursus Wehrli shares his vision for a cleaner, more organized, tidier form of art -- by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; entertainment; humor; performance; TED2006; 2006
|The Jill and Julia Show - TED.com|
Two TED favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; collaboration; entertainment; guitar; humor; short talk; singer; storytelling; 2007
|Yossi Vardi fights local warming - TED.com|
Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a ballsy lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, for men.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; blog; comedy; humor; short talk; 2007
|Nathan Myhrvold on archeology, animal photography, BBQ ... - TED.com|
Nathan Myhrvold talks about a few of his latest fascinations -- animal photography, archeology, BBQ and generally being an eccentric genius multimillionaire. Listen for wild stories from the (somewhat raunchy) edge of the animal world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; entertainment; exploration; fish; humor; photography; TED2007; 2007
|Kees Moeliker: How a dead duck changed my life - TED.com|
One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then … what happened next would change his life. [Note: Contains graphic images and descriptions of sexual behavior in animals.]
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; birds; humor; science; sex; TED2013; 2013
|Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel - TED.com|
You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; entertainment; green; hack; humor; materials; simplicity; tedx; TEDxConcordiaUPortland; 2012
|AJ Jacobs: The world's largest family reunion … we're all invited! - TED.com|
You may not know it yet, but AJ Jacobs is probably your cousin (many, many times removed). Using genealogy websites, he’s been following the unexpected links that make us all, however distantly, related. His goal: to throw the world’s largest family reunion. See you there?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; genetics; history; humanity; humor; TEDActive 2014; 2014
|Charles Fleischer insists: All things are Moleeds - TED.com|
In a presentation that can only be described as epic, comedian Charles Fleischer delivers a hysterical send-up of a time-honored TED theme: the map. Geometry, numbers, charts and stamp art also factor in (somehow), as he weaves together a unique theory of everything called "Moleeds."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; comedy; humor; map; science; TED2005; 2005
|A.J. Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me - TED.com|
For a full year, A.J. Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDMED 2011; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; health; humor; self; 2011
|Jim Toomey: Learning from Sherman the shark - TED.com|
Cartoonist Jim Toomey created the comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, a wry look at underwater life starring Sherman the talking shark. As he sketches some of his favorite sea creatures live onstage, Toomey shares his love of the ocean and the stories it can tell.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Mission Blue Voyage; TED; Talks; animals; arts; entertainment; humor; oceans; science; 2010
|Arthur Ganson makes moving sculpture - TED.com|
Sculptor and engineer Arthur Ganson talks about his work -- kinetic art that explores deep philosophical ideas and is gee-whiz fun to look at.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; engineering; entertainment; humor; philosophy; 2004
|John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders - TED.com|
John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; art; arts; computers; creativity; design; humor; leadership; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
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|Bruce McCall's faux nostalgia - TED.com|
Bruce McCall paints a future that never happened -- full of flying cars, polo-playing tanks and the RMS Tyrannic, "The Biggest Thing in All the World." At Serious Play '08, he narrates a brisk and funny slideshow of his faux-nostalgic art.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; art; arts; entertainment; humor; media; 2008
|Randall Munroe: Comics that ask "what if?" - TED.com|
Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; art; humor; math; physics; science; TED2014; 2014
|Julia Sweeney has "The Talk" - TED.com|
Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction -- and starts to ask some very smart questio
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; comedy; humor; relationships; sex; TED2010; 2010
|Jaime Lerner sings of the city - TED.com|
Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; cities; culture; design; green; humor; sustainability; transportation; 2007
|Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny - TED.com|
Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; animals; biology; children; comedy; evolution; food; humanity; humor; primates; sex; 2009
|Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness? - TED.com|
Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; brain; comedy; culture; entertainment; evolution; humor; mental health; society; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they? - TED.com|
Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; physics; science; TED2008; 2008
|Reed Kroloff on modern and romantic architecture - TED.com|
Reed Kroloff gives us a new lens for judging new architecture: is it modern, or is it romantic? Look for glorious images from two leading practices -- and a blistering critique of the 9/11 planning process.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; architecture; art; business; design; humor; 2003
|Rives tells a story of mixed emoticons - TED.com|
Rives tells a typographical fairy tale that's short and bittersweet ;)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; design; entertainment; humor; love; media; poetry; storytelling; 2008
|A.J. Jacobs' year of living biblically - TED.com|
Speaking at the most recent EG conference, author, philosopher, prankster and journalist A.J. Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically -- following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; religion; writing; 2007
|James Burchfield plays (invisible) turntables - TED.com|
Human beatbox James "AudioPoet" Burchfield performs an intricate three-minute breakdown -- sexy, propulsive hip-hop rhythms and turntable textures -- all using only his voice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; illusion; live music; music; performance; 2003
|Emily Levine's theory of everything - TED.com|
Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She's a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; cognitive science; comedy; entertainment; humor; philosophy; science; technology; 2002
|Richard St. John: "Success is a continuous journey" - TED.com|
In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; antidepressants; business; consumerism; humor; life; productivity; psychology; shopping; short talk; 2009
|Ben Katchor's comics of bygone New York - TED.com|
In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; New York; art; book; cities; humor; 2002
|Ze Frank's web playroom - TED.com|
On the web, a new "Friend" may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation -- and reward it with something more nourishing. You're invited, if you promise you'll share.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; Internet; comedy; gaming; humanity; humor; music; play; technology; web; 2010
|Andy Hobsbawm says: Do the green thing - TED.com|
Andy Hobsbawm shares a fresh ad campaign about going green -- and some of the fringe benefits.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; climate change; design; entertainment; global issues; humor; media; sex; TED2008; 2008
|Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way - TED.com|
Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; entertainment; humor; live music; music; performance; poetry; TED2012; 2012
|Isaac Mizrahi on fashion and creativity - TED.com|
Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations -- from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!" Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; design; entertainment; humor; media; TED2008; 2008
|David Pogue on the music wars - TED.com|
New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars, borrowing a few notes from Sonny and Cher and the Village People.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; music; short talk; technology; 2007